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Belmont radiator valve O-rings.



 
 
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Old January 16th 08, 01:31 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Belmont radiator valve O-rings.

On these valves, the seals can be replaced, by removing the
spindle. Just checked with Pegler, 1.34 per O-ring! I have
several old valves to maintain. Does anyone know of any similar O-
ring that may work OK? - I don't know the exact size. I would not
think the material is that critical, only water and Fernox in the
system. Any advice much appreciated, thank-you.
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Old January 16th 08, 06:19 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Belmont radiator valve O-rings.

On Jan 16, 3:02*pm, ChipMonk wrote:
On Wed, 16 Jan 2008 04:31:03 -0800 (PST), 4square

wrote:
On these valves, *the seals can be replaced, *by removing the
spindle. * Just checked with Pegler, *1.34 per O-ring! * I have
several old valves to maintain. *Does anyone know of any similar O-
ring that may work OK? - I don't know the exact size. * *I would not
think the material is that critical, *only water and Fernox in the
system. * Any advice much appreciated, *thank-you.


I share your pain! I have 17 radiators, each with two Pegler/Belmont
valves, each valve requiring 2 O-rings. The system is 35 years old but
in reasonable condition thanks to Fernox. A few years ago I needed to
replace the O-rings, found I could only get them from Pegler and the
price was crazy. I kicked up a stink and got a reasonable reduction in
the price but it was still a rip-off. The problem is complicated by
the fact that some valves have "notched" spindles others don't and
they require different O-rings (red or green). Also the bathroom
radiators on the gravity feed have larger 1/2" valves, notched and
un-notched! If anyone knows of generic O-rings to meet these 4
combinations I'd also be most grateful.

Thanks

ChipMonk


I should add, the chap I spoke to at Pegler this morning did say
there wasn't a lot of difference between red and green, but didn't
say how much! In the shed just now, I applied the trusty Aldi
digital caliper to a new red o-ring I have, and although tricky to
measure soft materials accurately, it seems to be 1/16 inch by half-
inch OD. The material is softer than some ordinary o-rings I got at B
& Q, but some of them are the right size - they are in packets
according to material dia., not OD. I might try to contact a trade
seals supplier, and find out about different materials. My house is
1964, original rads. and valves. I don't like replacing things
unless essential!
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Old January 16th 08, 11:03 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Belmont radiator valve O-rings.

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4square writes

I should add, the chap I spoke to at Pegler this morning did say
there wasn't a lot of difference between red and green, but didn't
say how much! In the shed just now, I applied the trusty Aldi
digital caliper to a new red o-ring I have, and although tricky to
measure soft materials accurately, it seems to be 1/16 inch by half-
inch OD. The material is softer than some ordinary o-rings I got at B
& Q, but some of them are the right size - they are in packets
according to material dia., not OD. I might try to contact a trade
seals supplier, and find out about different materials. My house is
1964, original rads. and valves. I don't like replacing things
unless essential!


I've found http://rswww.com a useful one-stop shop for this sort of
stuff and their data is good, nitrile 1/2" o/d by 1/16" material is size
BS012, RS code 689-631, 2.11+vat for 50. At those prices you can afford
to buy a range of sizes. RS will deal with individuals via the website
no problem but can get a bit arsey at the trade counters.

Alternatively, use their data to select, then buy from a local
engineering supplier using the BS size/code.
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Old January 16th 08, 11:47 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Belmont radiator valve O-rings.

On Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:02:14 +0000, ChipMonk wrote:

On Wed, 16 Jan 2008 04:31:03 -0800 (PST), 4square
wrote:

On these valves, the seals can be replaced, by removing the spindle.
Just checked with Pegler, £1.34 per O-ring! I have several old valves
to maintain. Does anyone know of any similar O- ring that may work OK?
- I don't know the exact size. I would not think the material is that
critical, only water and Fernox in the system. Any advice much
appreciated, thank-you.


I share your pain! I have 17 radiators, each with two Pegler/Belmont
valves, each valve requiring 2 O-rings. The system is 35 years old but
in reasonable condition thanks to Fernox. A few years ago I needed to
replace the O-rings, found I could only get them from Pegler and the
price was crazy. I kicked up a stink and got a reasonable reduction in
the price but it was still a rip-off. The problem is complicated by the
fact that some valves have "notched" spindles others don't and they
require different O-rings (red or green). Also the bathroom radiators on
the gravity feed have larger 1/2" valves, notched and un-notched! If
anyone knows of generic O-rings to meet these 4 combinations I'd also be
most grateful.

Thanks

ChipMonk


Just buy a selection box for about a tenner. If you start to run out of
the size you need then you may be able to get a large number from BES or
such like.



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